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Duval, Dumas, and Caldarelli take podiums at Daytona

Autobacs Super GT Series alumni Loïc Duval, Romain Dumas, and Andrea Caldarelli were among the drivers who stood on the podium at the end of a record-breaking running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

As the race-winning #5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPI-V.R of Filipe Albuquerque, João Barbosa, and Christian Fittipaldi took the overall victory and obliterated the 24-hour distance record, Duval and Dumas, driving the #54 CORE Autosport Oreca 07-Gibson with Jon Bennett and Colin Braun, took third place, completing a record 808 laps and finishing as the top Pro-Am team in the race.

Caldarelli, driving the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in the GT Daytona sub-class, took a podium finish as Lamborghini scored their first-ever victory in a major 24 hour endurance race.

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Ten current & former Super GT drivers to tackle Rolex 24

The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, on January 27-28 from Daytona International Speedway, might very well be the most star-studded 24 hour endurance race of 2018, even more so than the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With a deep premier category featuring two active Formula 1 drivers and countless former winners at this race, and Le Mans, and all over the world, it’s truly a global marquee event.

Across the 50 cars, and nearly 200 drivers of all skill levels, nine drivers who’ve raced in Super GT up through the 2017 season will take part, from the star-studded Prototype class, to the all-out brawls in the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes. They’re headed up by the most recent Super GT drivers of that group – and one that is set to join the grid in 2018.

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Day of mixed fortunes for Super GT stars at Spa 24 Hours

The 69th running of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps featured a handful of current and former star drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series among its ranks, and there was a small Super GT presence on the top step of the podium at the end of the grueling race around the clock.

Christopher Haase, who drove for Audi Team Hitotsuyama as a third driver at the 2014 Suzuka 1000km, partnered second-generation drivers Marcus Winkelhock and Jules Gounon in the #25 Audi Sport Team Saintéloc R8 LMS as they took the overall victory by just eleven seconds, after completing 546 laps around the fabled 7 kilometer circuit in Belgium.

Amongst the Super GT regulars, GT500 star Katsumasa Chiyo scored a top-15 finish for Motul Team RJN in their #23 Nissan GT-R, while GT500 championship leader Andrea Caldarelli’s team crashed out while running at the front, and former GT300 champions Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO fell just short of the halfway mark in their European racing debut.

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Super GT’s finest stars set to tackle Spa 24 Hours

64 teams will make the annual late July venture to the Circuit du Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for the 69th annual 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the crown jewel of global GT3 endurance racing, and the marquee event of the Blancpain GT Series – an event with a history dating back to 1923.

With a field loaded with the finest stars in global endurance racing, there are also 12 drivers representing the past, and the present of the Autobacs Super GT Series: From current GT500 stars such as Katsumasa Chiyo and Andrea Caldarelli, to Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO making their one-off European debut, the Super GT contingent at Spa will be well represented in this race around the clock on July 29 & 30.

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